India beat the West Indies by 22 runs on DLS to seal the three-match T20I series 2-0. In reply to India's 167/5, West Indies was off to a disastrous start with both openers Evin Lewis and Sunil Narine back in the hut with just eight runs on the board.
Rovman Powell and Nicholas Pooran lifted West Indies from the precarious situation with a 76-run stand for the third wicket before Pandya again got into the act by removing both the batsmen in a space of three balls in the 14th over. Kieron Pollard and Shimron Hetmyer had just started flexing their muscles when the rains arrived in Florida.
India beats West Indies by DLS method; wins series - As it happened
Krunal Pandya’s two sixes in the final over after Rohit Sharma’s characteristically sublime 67 lifted India to 167 for five against the West Indies.
Rohit scored his runs off 51 balls, setting India up for a challenging total before Krunal and Ravindra Jadeja propped up the innings by smashing 20 runs in the 20th over bowled by Keemo Paul.
During his innings, Rohit, with his 107th six, went past Chris Gayle’s 106 maximums. He struck six fours and three sixes in his knock.
Deciding to bat, India was off to a quick start, reaching the 50-run mark in the seventh over, with Rohit doing the bulk of the scoring.
The India vice-captain found the gaps with ease, clipping Paul off his pads for a six over deep midwicket. The 2019 World Cup’s top-scorer then swept him for a four as the Indians upped the tempo.
Paul, however gave West Indies the first breakthrough when he bowled Shikhar Dhawan. India was 67 for one in the eighth over at that stage.
Pant fails to impress
Two quiet overs followed as India skipper Virat Kohli joined Rohit in the middle. The latter broke the shackles with a six over deep midwicket off Sunil Narine before bringing up his 17th T20I half-century with a single to long-off.
Kohli, at the other end, hit a six off left-arm spinner Khary Pierre to get going. Rohit then smashed Carlos Brathwaite for a six and four as India’s hundred came up in the 13th over.
It took a fine catch from Shimron Hetmyer to bring an end to Rohit’s stay when the Indian hit the ball high in the air off Oshane Thomas with just over six overs left in the Indian innings.
Rishabh Pant (5) perished quickly, top-edging Thomas into the hands of Kieron Pollard at third man.
Sheldon Cottrell then took the prize scalp of Kohli, sending the Indian captain’s middle stump cartwheeling.